Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 11th August to Thursday 17th August.
Highlight of the week:
Nothing worth highlighting this week unfortunately.
Friday 11th August
Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 10.50pm – 11.35pm
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, Joan Collins stars in a drama about a seductress and a timid vicar. In the second, a couple try to treat their ailing child with a homemade remedy.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
The Hour That Never Was – At Steed’s RAF reunion he and Mrs Peel stumble on a mystery – then she vanishes.
The Funk Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of the best funk, soul and blues. The permanent radio highlight until further notice. Essential.
Mixing It – BBC Radio 3. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Robert Sandall and Mark Russell talk to record producer Joe Boyd, whose recent book White Bicycles tells the story of music in the 1960s. With music from Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Chris McGregor and the Watersons.
Saturday 12th August
The World of Suzie Wong (1960) – Five. 12.10pm – 2.40pm
An American architect moves to Hong Kong to develop his creative talents and meets Suzie Wong, a young prostitute, who models for him, and with whom he maintains a turbulent relationship.
The Beach Boys: an American Family – Five. 2.40pm – 5.45pm
Cheesy, made for TV, bio-pic about the rather overrated Californian vocal group.
Danger Man – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
International intrigue with investigator John Drake. A young Japanese woman dies by inhaling gas from an artificial flower – just as she was to expose a Japanese death cult.
Laughter in the House: The Story of the British Sitcom – BBC 2. 10.55pm – 11.45pm
The Sensational Seventies: A look at the golden age of British sitcom and classics such as Fawlty Towers, The Liver Birds, Man about the House and The Good Life, which introduced some of the most memorable characters in sitcom.
GBH – More4. 10.10pm – 12.00am
Alan Bleasdale’s Bafta-nominated epic continues. Michael and Jim both receive copies of a dossier containing potentially explosive information about Michael’s dodgy dealings. Robert Lindsay and Michael Palin star.
Holiday on the Buses (1973) – BBC 2. 11.45pm – 1.10am
The third and last in the series of successful big screen spin offs from the popular 70s sitcom. Stan, Jack and Inspector Blake are fired from the bus depot. Finding work at a holiday camp, Stan and Jack are horrified to discover that their arch enemy Blakey, has also got a job there as head of security.
Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew plays two hours of hits, B-sides and album tracks.
The Funk Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues.
The Rolling Stones 4×4 – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A rock spectacular in which journalist and broadcaster Paul Sexton presents the Rolling Stones in private conversations recorded just prior to the UK leg of their world tour. The band’s members – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood – talk about each other in revealing detail.
Sunday 13th August
Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.00pm – 12.05am
Double bill of eerie tales. In the first, Joan Collins stars in a drama about a seductress and a timid vicar. In the second, a couple try to treat their ailing child with a homemade remedy.
Monday 14th August
The Strange Report – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Detective series set in London following the exploits of detective Adam Strange. A girl is kidnapped from a beauty pageant. Was the kidnap faked?
The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Danny’s life is endangered by a fanatical ex-Nazi.
Portrait: Malcolm McLaren on Queen Elizabeth II – Radio 4. 3.45pm – 4.00pm
To celebrate 150 years of London’s National Portrait Gallery, Malcolm McLaren is the first celebrity to choose a portrait for discussion – Andy Warhol’s silk-screen images of Queen Elizabeth 11. McLaren knew Warhol and tells us why he thinks his portraits have lost their power and become ‘fashion’.
Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Mark showcases obscure 1960s records that have eluded the general public from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage.
Tuesday 15th August
UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Aliens take control of three humans.
The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Nemesis agents find themselves programmed to kill their own colleagues.
Send in the Clones – Bon Jovi at Wembley? Or By Jovi at the Swan, Stockwell? Abba or Bjorn Again? BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
From the acts that recreate every nuance of the original artist’s performance to those who struggle by with little more than a pun and a guitar to recommend them, Andrew Collins explores how and why tribute bands have developed into a huge industry and investigates the legal, artistic and cultural ramifications.
Don’t Start me Talking – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
The story of pop and rock as recalled by the listeners and consumers who fed the careers of everyone from Cliff Richard to the Sex Pistols. Expect to hear reminiscences and anecdotes from fans of all ages.
Wednesday 16th August
Best of Talk – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Highlights of David Frost’s chat shows including an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono and a rare clip of the Rolling Stones doing Sympathy of the Devil live in the Frost studio.
The Funk Factory – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Norman Jay spins a collection of classic, forgotten and modern funk. This week features music from Lyn Collins, Cameo, Aretha Franklin and Sergio Mendes and a spotlight on Parliament’s 1976 funk milestone, Mothership Connection.
Thursday 17th August
The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Three agents of Nemesis are granted miraculous powers by a mysterious stranger after they crash-land in Tibet.
Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger and the Rolling Stones feature this week.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Dial a Deadly Number – A series of sudden deaths in high finance leads Steed to dabble in shares while Emma investigates the makers of executive paging devices.
Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues. Plus a session from blues guitarist Mick Adams (formerly of Jethro Tull).